How our body ‘listens’ to vibrations

The sensation of a mobile phone vibrating is familiar. The perception of these vibrations derives from specialized receptors that transduce them into neural signals sent to the brain. But how does the brain encode their physical characteristics? To understand this, neuroscientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have observed what happens in the brains of mice whose forepaws perceive vibrations. […]

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How Elton John Keeps His Sons Grounded: I ‘Leave Elton on the Stage’

Pro tip! Elton John shares two sons with his husband, David Furnish, and opened up about how he keeps 8-year-old Zachary and 6-year-old Elijah grounded at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 24. “They know that daddy is famous but … when we are out in the summer and people are taking our photograph or asking for a […]

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How chronic stress boosts cancer cell growth

Chronic stress, which a person has consistently over a long period of time, affects mental and emotional well-being as well as physical health. Studies have tied chronic stress to accelerated cognitive impairment, a higher risk of heart problems, and problems with gut health. Previous research also suggests that exposure to stress could speed up the growth of cancer through its […]

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Toughen up snowflake! Sports coaches can be emotionally abusive – here’s how to recognise it

Sports coaches have been in the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. At the end of 2018, the University of Maryland investigated a football coach for intimidation, humiliation and verbal abuse. This followed a player dying of heat stroke after a training session on a 41℃ day. Earlier that year, UK swimmer Karen Leach revealed the long-term impact of […]

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Researchers discover how sleep can fight infection

Researchers in Germany have discovered why sleep can sometimes be the best medicine. Sleep improves the potential ability of some of the body’s immune cells to attach to their targets, according to a new study that will be published February 12 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The study, led by Stoyan Dimitrov and Luciana Besedovsky at the University of […]

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How your genes could affect the quality of your marriage

How important is it to consider a romantic partner’s genetic profile before getting married? It is logical to think that genetic factors may underlie many traits already used by matching sites – like personality and empathy – which many assume could promote initial chemistry and long-term potential in specific couples. So it is perhaps not surprising that there are now […]

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How to prevent and treat eye allergies

(HealthDay)—When it comes to allergies, allergic rhinitis with its congested, itchy nose gets a lot of attention. But for some, allergic conjunctivitis with itchy, watery eyes is the greater nuisance. You might even have both reactions. Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva—the layer of tissue lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes. It’s caused by contact […]

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How psychological science is benefiting the world

Technological advances have allowed psychological scientists to measure everything from cognitive impairments to everyday decision-making. Now, the scientists are using their research to inform tools, programs, and interventions that are helping to cultivate a healthier, happier, and more sustainable world. In a special issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, more than 25 […]

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